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The Los Angeles River Poster

The Stormwater Program Graphic Support Section has completed development of an outreach poster depicting possible mixed-uses for the Los Angeles River.

The concept and style was inspired by travel brochures and fruit crate artwork extremely popular in Southern California at the turn of the 20th-century (samples shown below) and features a native habitat scene of indigenous plants and wildlife.

Once plentiful animals such as the Great Blue Heron, the Red-legged frog and the Black Phoebe are shown against a backdrop of the architecturally-rich bridges that span the river. The bridge is the Fourth Street overcrossing in Boyle Heights constructed in 1926 in the Beaux Arts style, which was a mixture of late-19th-century Parisian neo-Baroque and Italian Renaissance.

Also depicted are the workmen, surveyors, and engineers representing the construction of not only the bridge, but of the LA River in the 1930’s. The workmen are shown "ghosted" along the river channel walls and the distinct image of Los Angeles City Hall towers in the distance.

To receive your free 18" x 24" copy, you can call (800) 974-9794 and press ”Option 3”, or send an email to Stormwater Public Education.

Click on the image at left for a larger view, or here to download a high resolution 11MB letter size version.